DUNEDIN — One man was injured in a house fire early Wednesday morning, the second fire in the city in a matter of hours, authorities said.
The first was called in around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at 232 Citrus Ave. by two people who were able to evacuate before fire officials arrived.
Dunedin firefighters found smoke coming from the bathroom area in the center south side of the home and encountered a fire in the crawl space, under the floor, and in the walls of the bathroom.
They were able to contain the blaze before it spread, according to Dunedin fire officials.
The residents and two dogs are staying with family and neighbors, according to Dunedin Fire Division Chief Bill McElligott.
Though the cause is still under investigation, the fire has been ruled accidental.
Heavy lightning was observed in the area prior to the fire, McElligott said.
Damage is estimated at $8,000.
A second fire broke out just a few hours later, around 4 a.m., at 529 Highland Ave.
When firefighters arrived, they found the resident, a 50-year-old man who was not identified, trying to put the fire out with a garden hose. He was taken to Mease Dunedin Hospital, with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening. Four cats were found unharmed.
The blaze, which firefighters were able to contain to a bedroom, was caused by malfunctioning electrical equipment, fire officials said.
Damage is estimated in excess of $5,000.
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